July 9, 2018
SPHHS doctoral students Alice Fiddian-Green and Nozipho Maziya are recipients of 2018 Student Research Grants and Awards from the Center for Research on Families (CRF).
Community Health Education doctoral candidate Alice Fiddian-Green is the winner of the $10,000 dissertation fellowship. Under the mentorship of Associate Professor Aline Gubrium, Fiddian-Green researches the rapidly rising rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and opioid-related fatalities among pregnant and parenting women in the U.S.
“My dissertation seeks to identify critical turning points throughout the life course that influence opioid use and treatment trajectories, both positively and negatively, among pregnant and parenting women,” Fiddian-Green explains.
Her project compares macro-level (scientific), meso-level (public media), and micro-level (individual) narratives around opioid use, assessing how each of these narratives speak to and contradict each other, as well as the ways in which they shape public attitudes, and influence programmatic and policy responses to OUD among pregnant and parenting women in the U.S.
For Fiddian-Green, this fellowship means she can commit more time to her research. “I now have the opportunity to take on less consulting work, and put maximum focus on completing my dissertation,” she says. “This is the first grant submission that I felt truly confident about in terms of form and content, but also in that it most accurately represented my research strengths and interests. Receiving it was a welcome confirmation that I am on the right track! It was an honor and privilege.”
Nutrition doctoral student Nozipho Maziya is the winner of a $500 CRF dissertation award. Maziya is conducting her dissertation research under the guidance of Assistant Professor Lindiwe Sibeko. She is investigating intrapersonal, social, and structural barriers to HIV medication adherence among HIV-infected women in rural Swaziland using qualitative data from focus group discussions and key informant interviews, and quantitative data gathered through in-person surveys.
The CRF is committed to supporting students engaged in family research. They awarded a total of over $24,000 to eight students in four categories for 2018-2019.